Shama District Assembly marks 38th edition of Farmers Day Awards at Anto

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Shama District Assembly on 2nd December 2022 held its 38th Farmers’ Day celebration at Anto to honour deserving hardworking farmers in the assembly under the theme “Accelerating Agricultural Development through Value Addition”.

This was to commemorate the National Farmers Day Celebration held each year on the first Friday of December to honour the Nation’s gallant farmers and fishers for their immense contributions to the economic development of Ghana

The District Chief Executive (DCE) in his speech, commended the government greatly for the overwhelming interventions and policies in the agric sector, especially the ban on rice importation.

He said, Shama District is one of the leading producers of rice in Ghana and recommended his hardworking farmers to take the opportunity and produce more since they are capable.

Hon Ebenezer Dadzie said Ghana has the competitive advantage to transform the economy through agriculture and value addition due to our climatic conditions across the country.

This implies that, through increased production and value chain enhancement, agriculture can lead to increased foreign exchange earnings thereby helping to stabilize the national economy.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Shama (Hon Samuel Erickson Abakah Esq) addressing the gathering said, in this prevailing crisis which has an enormous impact on the economy, specifically the agricultural industry, it is worth mentioning that adding value to agricultural products is a worthwhile enterprise.

Typically, value addition is an attractive investment because it generates a higher return, enables entry into a potentially high-value new market, extends the production season, or perhaps creates a brand identity.

He again said the One District One Factory (1D1F) policy is a strategic direction to add value to agriculture by processing products from farms and the sea/river.

This has minimized post-harvest loss by supplying the raw material needs of companies under the 1D1F program. He said, in Shama, under the 1D1F policy they can make mention of the Cassava Processing Factory at Beposo Nkran, the Roland Rice Factory here on this land of Anto Aboso, and an Oil Processing Factory at Komfueku.

The monstrous effects of COVID -19 and the Russia-Ukraine war have led to many predictions of food shortage in Ghana. Contrary to this prediction, and through the government’s flagship policies and programs such as Planting for Food and Jobs, we have enough to feed our families. The Planting for Food and Job program was instituted to ensure that there is adequate food for all citizens, to generate revenue through export as well as creating jobs.

The Shama constituency has duly had its fair share of this program were about 1,750
coconut seedlings were distributed to about 282 farmers earlier this year.

The member of Parliament said, he is hopeful that in due time they shall have a bumper harvest in the district. Despite these successes, the surging fertilizer prices along with the significant cuts in
global supplies have important implications for food production hence causing a huge challenge to the Planting for Food policies.

Be that as it may, the government is doing its possible best to find a solution to this challenge.
Our fishing industry has also had its fair share of challenges, especially with an insufficient supply of premix fuel and outboard motors.

He said, as a former fisherman, this situation is of great importance to him because without these, going to the sea by our fisherfolks would be difficult.

Hon Erickson Abakah said, he has been able to secure 10 outboard motors for fisherfolk, though not adequate, but to ease the pressure. “As your Member of Parliament, I will support every form of legislation that seeks the collective interest of both farmers and fishermen in the Shama constituency.”

The MP added that it is worth noting that the aquaculture industry has experienced tremendous growth in production, contributing to improved incomes and creating jobs for unemployed youth. He would encourage the private sector, and the youth to explore and invest in commercial fish farming.

District overall best farmer

The award categories for the farmers included the best physically challenge farmer, Best Non-Traditional farmer (Off Farm Livelihood), Best Agric Extension Agent and many more.

The awards presented to them included various agricultural equipment and inputs as well as a refrigerator, LED television, tricycle, motorbike, pieces of cloth and others.

The District overall best farmer went home with a certificate, a full piece of cloth, a wall clock, small radio, 5 knapsack spraying machines, 8 cutlasses, a pick axe, a shovel, a head pan and a tricycle (Aboboyaa).

Source: Solomon Obeng Mensah

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